Model: Reliance 82Ti
Overall Ranking: #2
Overall Score: 4.13 / 5
Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)
150, 158, 166, 174
15.4 (166cm length)
Waist Width (mm)
Intermediate to Expert
Stability at Speed
3.94 / 5
Quickness / Maneuverability
4.28 / 5
4.44 / 5
4.5 / 5
Hard Snow Performance
4.11 / 5
3.11 / 5
Balance of Skills
4.33 / 5
Look, in the carving category you kind of have to decide what’s most important to you: speed and precision, or forgiveness and user-friendliness. You’re not likely to find a ski that perfectly balances those ends of the carving spectrum. If you decide you want a more forgiving tool to be your carving coach, the all-new Reliance 82Ti is your ticket to ride.
Making its debut at No. 2 in the category, the new Armada Reliance 82Ti really impressed testers with its user-friendliness. “There is no pretense with this ski,” says tester Robin Barnes. “It’s super well-rounded in short turns, at slow speeds, and in carves. It’s easy yet rewarding.”
Because of this, our testers ranked it the most forgiving ski in the carving category and decided it would make a great carving or frontside tool for a wide range of ability levels.
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Its wider waist width and light caruba core also help make it more accessible. With 82mm underfoot, the Reliance 82Ti falls on the wide end of the carving ski spectrum, making it a great option for skiers who want a little more versatility from their carving sticks. Says tester Katie Ryan: “This was my surprise ski in the carving category. I really enjoyed them on groomers, but they’re also amazingly versatile.”
Testers found that it’s almost just at home in crud as it is on corduroy, and were also impressed with its energy and quickness. “It has tons of energy in each turn and it just wants to get on its edge and party,” says tester Courtney Harkins. “This would be a ton of fun for an advanced skier looking to cruise around, but also for an intermediate who is learning how to find the energy out of a turn.”
All that said, if you’re an expert skier and pure, precise carving is what you’re in the market for, you may want something narrower than the Reliance 82Ti. Testers ranked it low in the Stability at Speed department, saying this ski just didn’t hold up to the true carvers in this category when it comes to barreling head-first down the fall line.
But if speed is not really your thing and you’re just looking for a more versatile tool to be your carving coach, you can’t go wrong with the new Armada Reliance 82Ti.
- Strengths: Forgiveness (1st in category), Crud Performance (1st)
- Weaknesses: Stability at Speed (6th), Hard-Snow Integrity (5th)